I love apple cider vinegar. You can use it for everything from regulating blood sugar to curing heartburn to fighting off infections. Now new research has found yet another benefit. It's a benefit I haven't experienced personally yet, and I'm hoping I never have to. But for those of you who wear dentures, this could be an important discovery for your comfort level.
Up to half of the people who wear dentures suffer from a condition called denture stomatitis, or sore mouth from dentures. This inflammatory condition often involves an overgrowth of Candida, a form of yeast. It's particularly common in people who suffer from diabetes or from dry mouth, as saliva normally helps keep the mouth and denture surface clean. Since apple cider vinegar is known to have antifungal properties, researchers investigated whether it could help fight off Candida from dentures.
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They tested several concentrations of apple cider vinegar to determine whether they would affect microbes' abilities to adhere to dentures, as well as whether the concentrations would affect the dentures' color. They were able to determine that using concentrated apple cider vinegar would indeed have a fungicidal effect, and it didn't seem to affect the color of their test pieces at all, which were made of acrylic resin.
If you suffer from denture stomatitis — or you wear dentures but want to avoid this problem — try cleaning your dentures with apple cider vinegar. Just make sure you rinse them thoroughly afterward. As much as I like the benefits of apple cider vinegar, I wouldn't want to taste it all day! If that doesn't clear up the denture stomatitis, keep in mind that another common cause is dentures that don't fit right. You may need to see your dentist to be refitted, particularly if your dentures are old.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD